Barbara K. Jackson was a founding philanthropist of the Mondavi Center. Along with Larry and Rosalie Vanderhoef and Robert and Margrit Mondavi, Barbara Jackson helped give life to the dream of a performing arts center on the UC Davis Campus – a dream first described by Chancellor Vanderhoef at his inaugural convocation.
Jackson’s generous gift to name the Center’s largest performance space as Barbara K. and W. Turrentine Jackson Hall played a significant role in launching this great performing arts center. Since 2010, Jackson’s love for opera and philanthropy have combined to make the Barbara K. Jackson Rising Stars of Opera concert free to the public. A generous endowment will insure the continuation of this annual concert. In addition, Barbara’s philanthropy reached out to support other disciplines at UC Davis (the Music and History Departments); other arts organizations in Sacramento; and young opera artists through the Adler and Merola programs at the San Francisco Opera.